Have you ever gone to grab your golf gloves out of your bag, only to be met with a musty smell? Or worse, have you put them on only to find that they're damp, grimy, and clammy? If you've ever experienced this, then you know how important it is to keep your golf gloves clean. But how do you do it? Read on to find out!
What You'll Need:
- A mild detergent (like dish soap)
- A soft brush (toothbrushes work well)
- A basin or sink full of cold water
- A few towels and or sponge
- A clothesline or drying rack (optional)
- A golf glove holder (optional)
Step 1: Start by mixing a small amount of detergent into the basin or sink full of cold water. You don't need a lot of detergent, just enough to create some suds. Once you've mixed in the detergent, you are ready to begin.
Step 2: With the glove on your hand use the soft brush to gently scrub away any dirt or grime that may be on the outside of the gloves. Be sure to pay extra attention to any areas that seem particularly dirty. Once you've given the gloves a gentle but good scrubbing, grab a soft cloth or sponge and move to step 3.
Step 3: Wet the soft cloth or sponge in the sink or basin. Wring it out so it's damp but not soaked. Gently spot clean or wipe down the gloves. Once you've cleaned away all the dirt and grime, you can rinse the gloves with a damp towel but this time without soap.
Step 4: If your gloves are clean move to step 5. If not repeat step 3 but use 1 of these 2 methods.
- You can soak your glove in the sink with mild soap and cold water for 5 minutes or so. Put the glove on and wipe away the dirt and sweat with the towel or sponge.
- With the glove on, wash your hands with cold water and soap. Remember, to rinse the soap residue from the glove when you're done washing your hands.
Step 5: After you've rinsed off the soap, wring out the excess water from the gloves and then lay them out on a towel so they can air dry in a well-ventilated area.
If you can, wear them while they air dry, so they retain their shape. You can also use a golf glove holder with a shaper that will help aerate the glove and keep it from wrinkling. If you're in a hurry, you can also put them on a clothesline or drying rack and let them air dry that way.
Just be sure not to put them in direct sunlight, as this could cause the colors on the glove to fade. And definitely do not put them in the dryer—the heat will cause the leather to shrink and harden, leaving you with gloves that don't fit properly and don't perform as well as they should.
Keeping Your Golf Gloves Fresh Between Rounds
Even if you clean your gloves after every round, they can start to develop a sour smell over time. To keep them smelling fresh, try storing them in a zip-top bag with a dryer sheet. This will help absorb any moisture that might build up inside the bag, and it will also keep your gloves smelling nice and fresh. Just be sure to change out the dryer sheet every few weeks so that it doesn't lose its effectiveness.
Or you can invest in a golf glove holder - see below.
And there you have it! A step-by-step guide on how to clean golf gloves. Just follow these simple steps and your golf gloves will be good as new in no time!
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